Emirates Palace Hotel Photo: by Thomas Gantz @traveller.tom All other photos by me
My review of Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
This is my top hotel in Abu Dhabi, my top hotel in the whole of the Middle East! Actually at the moment it is my top hotel in the world! What are you waiting for? Book immediately. It is quite expensive but you get what you pay for in life!
100 hectares of grounds to explore at Emirates Palace
We stayed for Christmas 2016 and enjoyed every second. I will tell you a little secret, we didn’t leave the hotel once during the stay! It is so enormous with the most perfect beach front and even a Marina I think you will find it hard to leave too. It was a bit of a shock arriving home to blighty and having to get our own breakfast in the morning.
Do you want to feel pampered, do you want excellent service and amazing staff? Well, I think you will like it here. I will definitely be back. Even the most sophisticated traveller cannot fail to be in awe of the impressive hotel entrance and be whisked into the lobby for a stress free checkin.
Top Tip: Wear comfy shoes to arrive, it is a long way to you room or suite!
Yes, the hotel in enormous and you will be escorted to your room and given a little guided tour along the way.
My hotel room at Emirates Palace
The rooms are large, spacious, super luxe and everything you would imagine. I like to stay in a hotel that represents the traditions of the country I am visiting and this fits the bill perfectly. You will love the Arabian furnishings and Palace living.
A big marble bathroom and large walk in shower with fabulous Amouage products. I am definitely in love with Amouage and so happy to discover a new brand.
A stylish entrance hall with large wardrobes, need more hangers though as in nearly every hotel in the world.
Entrance Hall with wardrobes
Super comfy bed which is a Diva essential!
My comfy bed and a lovely Rose given to me on arrival
Lots of lovely little treats kept arriving, well it was Christmas after all! Our butler bought us some delicious fresh orange juice when we arrived and popped in with treats such as a Christmas chocolate log and a Christmas stocking on Christmas morning.
Outside my Room at Emirates Palace
Explore the 100 hectare hotel grounds, with its wonderful private beach, Marina, gardens, swimming pool and even a family of camels to ride!
Camels at Emirates Palace
Stroll round the fabulous gardens which extend as far as the magnificent Presidential Palace
Gardens of Emirates Palace
The pool with its lazy river is magnificent and enormous in scale just like everything else at Emirates Palace! Sunbeams are scattered all over the gardens so find a quiet and private corner.
Beautiful Pool at Emirates Palace
The pool temperature is just like bath water and crystal clear! There are wonderful activities for children and the little ones will be very happy during their stay.
Pool at Emirates Palace
Enjoy an Al Fresco lunch on your sunbed.
The beach front is spectacular, watch the hotel and guest boats going past as you sip on a cocktail.
Magnificent Sea front at Emirates Palace
Explore the fabulous hotel, you might be quite some time and we still got lost even by the time we left!
Hotel is on different levels
The only thing I didn’t like at the hotel was the fact that the Public areas are treated like a tourist destination and groups of people from outside the hotel wander about taking selfies and photographs. This could be quite intimidating to be suddenly confronted by a large group of people who quite obviously were not guests. The rooms are in a separate wing and cannot be entered and there is a security guard stopping people entering. My recommendation would be to stop this!
Huge interior spaces, this one leading to one of the residential wings
The hotel interiors are nothing short of spectacular, arabic furnishings, marble floors and no expense has been spared to make this a top hotel and amazing place to stay.
Lounge seating areas
There are so many places to sit and relax or take tea. Afternoon tea is something of a tradition here with many people coming just to take tea.
A great gym looking out onto the pool and Award winning Spa, which I didn’t get a chance to try, maybe next visit!
Fantastic Gym Looking onto Emirates Palace Pool
Restaurants and Bars:
You will never be bored! There are 4 bars and 9 restaurants. The restaurants in the hotel that we tried are all excellent. This was another reason why we never left the hotel! I have visited Abu Dhabi a few times and the food has been terrible and expensive. Emirates Palace was a lovely surprise, the food was excellent and the wine lists very good too! My favourite was:
Mezlai Emirate Restaurant
What a joy! An Emirati Restaurant, something sadly lacking in the rest of the city. The Food, restaurant, setting were all absolutely perfect. The portions are huge!
Actually, I’m going to write a separate restaurant review! There are too many great restaurants to write about here.